A youth died after he, along with two others, was chased by security forces in north Kashmir as a curfew clamped in the Valley, after Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru was hanged on Saturday in Delhi, continued for a second day.
Four others were injured, two of them critically, during a protest in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Sources said Tariq Ahmad Bhat, 30, hailing from Batwana in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal, drowned after being chased by armed forces personnel during a protest in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Sunday afternoon.
Bhat, along with two other youth, was chased by paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force near the Sumbal Bridge, they added. The three youth boarded a boat but it capsized midway.
However, police in a statement, said: “Today a boat that was ferrying people from Batwani to Wangipora, Sumbal over river Jhelum capsized. Six persons sailing in the boat fell in the water. Five were rescued. However, Tariq Ahmad Bhat, son of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat, resident of Batwana, drowned. The body was fished out and handed over to his relatives for last rites.”
In another incident, two youth were critically injured, and two escaped with minor injuries, allegedly in security forces’ action against a demonstration in Baramulla.
“Two persons have been critically injured in Watergam area of Baramulla district,” a police spokesman said, adding that they were trying to ascertain the circumstances.
However, locals accused the forces of opening fire on peaceful protestors.
Sporadic protests were also reported from some parts of Srinagar city and south Kashmir Kulgam district.
However, there were no reports of anyone getting injured in the clashes with the security forces.